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Connor McDavid picked in Kontinental Hockey League draft

The OHL's youngest player, baby faced Erie Otter phenomenon Connor McDavid during first period of...

The OHL's youngest player, baby faced Erie Otter phenomenon Connor McDavid during first period of OHL Hockey Game with the London Knights at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario on Friday, October 19, 2012. (DEREK RUTTAN/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 2:46 PM ET

Canadian top prospect Connor McDavid didn’t have to wait until the 2015 NHL Draft to hear his name called.

Unfortunately for the projected No. 1 pick, his name dropped lower than he expected.

McDavid, a 17-year-old point-getting phenom for the OHL’s Erie Otters, was selected Thursday in the second round (77th overall) by Medvescak Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Newmarket, Ont. native becomes the latest high-end NHL prospect to be selected in the KHL’s entry draft.

Taylor Hall, Victor Hedman, Zach Kassian, and Erik Gudbranson were taken in the Russian super league’s draft back in 2009.

But surprisingly, he wasn’t the first North American skater taken this year.

Travis Konecny, of the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s, was picked 25th overall by Dynamo Riga.

McDavid, who tallied 28 goals, and 99 points in 56 regular season games this season, will more than likely never suit up for the Croatian hockey team.

Zagreb now holds the rights to McDavid, if for whatever reason he decides to join the club.

 


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